How to Edit With Adobe® Photoshop® Elements

Lesson 9/10 - Dodge Tool


How to Edit With Adobe® Photoshop® Elements


Lesson Info

Dodge Tool

They call me Senor Ze. And now when I'm looking at this, I'm thinking this is a little hard to read 'cause it's really light, so we have a couple of ways that we can darken this glitter. We can select the glitter layer and I'm clicking on the glitter thumbnail, not the mask, the actual glitter, and then we could do a levels adjustment like we did when we adjusted the exposure of this image, so let's try that. So, let's go to Enhance, and Adjust Lighting, Levels, or the shortcut is Command or Control L for levels. And I'm just gonna move this so we can see, I'm gonna drag this midtown slider here, I'm gonna drag it to the right and darken it. You can see if I go like really far, it basically turns black. So, maybe I just darken it so it's a little easier to read. And now that's darkening the whole layer of glitter all the same. So, maybe I like that effect. Or, if I don't, I can cancel it. Another thing that we could do is we can use something called the Burn Tool. So, over here in our ...

toolbar, by default, we've got what looks like a black lollypop. This is the Dodge Tool. And if you've ever worked in a dark room, this is actually what the tool looked like. It was very sophisticated, it was made out of a dowel and some black construction paper, or you could use a piece of like a coat rack, a hanger, like wire, you could use anything but it was basically the cheapest tool you could ever have. It's awesome. But that's what it looked like. A black lollypop. This tool is actually going to lighten things, so we wanna do the opposite of that. So, once I've got this selected, I can come down here and see that there's actually a tool family here. All of these, almost all of these tools, they're not single tools. They come with families. And so they're in little groupings. So, this family, I call it the O family because if you hover your cursor, you'll see the name of the tool and then in parenthesis, let me go back here, in parenthesis, come on, there it is, it says the letter O. That O is referring to the keyboard shortcut that will pull up that family of tools. So, for example, if I have the Move Tool and I want the O family tools, I'm gonna just press O and you see how it switched. So, once I've got the O family, then I can look down here in my Options and I can see oh look, it's a family of three and it has the Dodge Tool, the Sponge Tool, and this guy here is the Burn Tool. So, that's what we want. If you wanna darken things, if you wanna be able to paint like with a paintbrush and just darken things selectively where you want, then this is a great tool for that. So, I'm gonna grab the Burn Tool. I can control the size of my brush with the slider here or with those bracket keys like I mentioned before. So, that left bracket key makes the cursor smaller, the right bracket key makes the brush bigger. So, we'll just go like somewhere around here and then down here, this is the exposure slider, this determines how extreme of an effect we're gonna have. So, if we are like, we just wanna torch this thing, it's like the knob on your toaster. Do you want your toast really dark or just kind of like slightly toasted? And this tool, in this case, works best when it's pretty low 'cause you don't wanna just burn your toast. Even if you want it, you think, pretty dark, it's better to just lightly toast it over and over than it is to just torch it. So, we wanna set it to maybe 10 to 20% in this case, so I'll just leave it at 17. I'm gonna press Command or Control plus to zoom in a little so you can see. I'll make sure that I'm on the glitter layer because you have to have the layer that you're trying to edit, you have to have it active. So, if I'm trying to burn something and I've got like the mustache active, then only the mustache is going to get affected. So, I wanna be burning the glitter, so I'm on the glitter layer and then I can come over here and just paint. So, I'm just clicking and dragging with my mouse to darken this, it's very subtle, so I'm not sure if you can see very well but I kinda just wanna go around the edges where it's a little bit brighter and just darken it up. So, I can have more control than if I was just darkening the entire layer at once. Makes sense? And maybe this glitter layer, we never did transform it so it's rather large on our whole composition, so, the texture of the glitter is actually really big and that might be helping to make it a little hard to see, so, let's go ahead and scale that down the way we did the watercolor. So, again, I'm gonna transform it with Command or Control T and we don't see the box at all because it's big, so I'll press Command or Control zero to scoot back and we can see the box, so I'll pick this corner out here and I'm just gonna click and drag inwards. Ooh and you see what's happening? It's getting all messed up. And the reason that that's happening and I'm glad that I get to show you this is because it's transforming the glitter and the mask. See this little button right here? This is the link. And it's connecting them. And sometimes you want that but, in this case, we wanna leave the mask alone, so I'm gonna cancel this and I'm gonna unlink them by clicking that button. Now I can transform the glitter and the mask will just stay where it is. So, let's do this again, Command or Control T, Command or Control zero, just scoot back, oh, we were already there, and then I'm gonna click and drag inward and if I hold Alt or Option, it will come in from all four sides. So, it just makes it a little easier. Okay, we've gotta be big enough to at least cover the exclamation mark and stuff. All right and then we'll commit it. And now let's zoom in with Command or Control plus. Oh yeah, I think that's way easier to read. And then if I wanna darken it, let's bring up levels again. Enhance, Adjust Lighting, Levels. Maybe I just do something like that. Oh yeah, that's way easier to read. Good deal.

Class Description

Everyone has heard of Adobe® Photoshop®, but have you met its easy-to-use counterpart, Adobe® Photoshop® Elements?

Adobe® Photoshop® Elements is the perfect tool for hobbyists and beginners who are looking for a simplified introduction to image editing and organization.

In this class, Khara Plicanic will get you started in this easy-to-use program. You’ll learn about everything from organizing your image collection to retouching to adding graphics. Khara will help you discover the function and features that make Adobe® Photoshop® Elements an awesome solution for folks who don’t need all the bells and whistles.  

Software Used: Adobe Photoshop CC 2015